When you really care about the environment, finding the perfect gift can be a challenge. The great news is that you can find the perfect gift for everyone on your list and keep everything green. Check out these great suggestions:
1. Organic Coffee
Look for hand-harvested coffee beans packaged in a biodegradable bag. These extra-delicious beans are the perfect gift for your foodie friends who need some great-tasting caffeine each morning.
2. Reusable Grocery Bag
If you use traditional bagging methods at any grocery store, your options are usually paper or plastic, which in environmentalist terms translates into kill a tree or strangle a bird. Gift a sturdy, reusable grocery bag to cut down on the amount of tree killing and waste.
3. Bath Salts
Find organically made bath and soaking salts like these that can put minerals back into your skin as you soak. Such salts contain only natural ingredients, so there are no chemicals to send down the drain when you empty the tub, and the non-chemical mixture of these salts is simply heaven for the skin.
4. Homemade Candle
Try your hand at making a green gift this Christmas. Get an eco-friendly container, some natural beeswax, and your favorite pure, scented oil to make a delightful candle that’s environmentally friendly.
5. Diet-Specific Cookbook
Those who choose vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free diets often do so to show their respect for their bodies and the world they live in. However, many people who switch to these diets fail to get the essential nutrients they once received from meats and grains because they don’t know the proper substitutes for those nutrients in their new diet. Give those friends a cookbook that will teach them what foods to eat specific to their diet so that they can get all of their vitamins, protein, iron, and other essential nutrients for the body through healthy recipes.
6. Food Canning Kit
For your gardening friends, gift a canning kit so they they can store their homegrown foods and enjoy them year round.
7. Organic Clothing
Major clothing manufacturers are a big contributor to pollution and waste. Some clothing lines are specifically geared toward making clothes using a process that’s friendly for the environment. Look into these clothing lines for some fabulous and fashionable gifts!
8. Smart Thermostat
Though the makeup of this gift isn’t exactly green, the technology can make all the difference in your attempts to conserve energy and natural resources. These thermostats learn your regular daily cycles and turn the heat and air conditioning on and off at different times of the day, cutting down significantly on unnecessary gas and electricity use.
9. Pedal-Powered Charging Station
If you know someone who loves biking, give them a pedal-powered charging station. This station using the energy you create from pedaling your bicycle to create power for the charger, thus fueling your devices with clean energy and giving you a great workout in the process!
10. Homemade Soap
For a really fun gift that the recipient is sure to use and love, make homemade soap. Have fun with this as you experiment with different shapes, scents, and colors. Once you’ve found your favorite recipe, you might never want to go back to store-bought soap again.
11. Pure Essential Oils
There’s nothing like some good essential oils for those who love all-natural products. Essential oils have many uses, both for physical and mental well-being. You might make up a gift basket including an essential oils starter kit, some recipes for cleaners and remedies, and a guide to their many uses.
12. Green Handbags and Briefcases
Some briefcases and handbags are made with animal welfare in mind, since they are made using natural products such as recycled cotton instead of leather. They are an excellent, stylish option for any of your friends or family members.
13. Handmade Ceramic Dishes
For a heartfelt and healthy gift, try your hand at pottery and craft some ceramic dishes for gifts rather than buying ceramic items made with pollution-heavy processes.
14. Organic Pet Treats
Some people treat their pets like one of the family, and they’ll of course need only the best all-natural products available. Look for all natural-ingredients in pet foods, treats, and toys to make any pet-lover’s day!
15. Homemade Bird Feeder
Give a gift that keeps on giving by building a homemade bird feeder. The recipient can fill the feeder and enjoy the company of birds of all kinds in their yard. Sometimes the best green gifts are the ones that benefit both the recipient and other little friends in the environment. You can also build a homemade bird house!
Guest post written by: Amber Brubaker